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The Lowly Bulls Take on the Orlando Magic. Is 8 Points Enough?

It doesn’t take a genius to bet against the Chicago Bulls in the 11/3 free NBA betting pick, but is there any way Orlando doesn’t cover this number? The game has blowout written all over it for the simple fact that Chicago is 0-3 on the road this season and has won just one game out of six. Plus, one of the biggest talking points in the NBA this season is how surprising the start of the Orlando Magic has been.

Your heart, your gut, your instincts are all thinking that Orlando -8 for the 11/3 free NBA betting pick is an easy play. Is there any way the Bulls keep this one close though?

Taking a Look at That Chicago Roster

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Markkanen is the proud owner of the most three-pointers through the first three games of their NBA career. USA Today Sports

Chicago might have actually lucked into a potential superstar with rookie Lauri Markkanen. The Bulls made a draft night trade that landed Markkanen (and others) for Jimmy Butler and Minnesota might be already having buyer’s (or sellers) remorse. The 7 foot power forward out of Arizona is averaging 17.2 points per game along with 9 rebounds. He’s the sole reason that Chicago fans have any semblance of hope for the season but is one guy enough to cover the spread in the 11/3 free NBA betting pick?

Chicago has won a single game this season – against an equally bad Atlanta team. The Bulls have shown the ‘ability’ to get blown out, losing by 32 to OKC last week. However, they’ve also been covering madmen going 4-2 ATS – but then again that could also be because Chicago has been double digit underdogs in four of six games this year. The Bulls do have the #8 defense in the league in both PPG allowed (101.2) and opponents FG% (44).

 

If Orlando Doesn’t Get Complacent They Got This

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Fournier is just one of multiple Magic players that can beat you.

There are simply no metrics which would make you believe that Orlando doesn’t win the 11/3 free NBA betting pick. The Magic have posted an impressive resume already this season with a 21 point win in Cleveland, a 27 point victory over the Spurs, and a 16 point toppling of the Pelicans. Orlando has scored 113+ points in six of seven games this season and owns the #2 offense in the NBA in terms of PPG and FG%.

The Magic also own a pretty solid defense as they’ve limited opponents to under 100 points in four of the last six games. Orlando sports the #17 defense in terms of opponents points against and the #11 squad in field goal percentage against. The Bulls are dead last in the league in points per game and field goal percentage so things are shaping up nicely for Orlando.

11/3 Free NBA Betting Pick

What tonight’s game comes down to is if you can pull the trigger on the Bulls? This game very well may be a trap with over 60% of the bets coming in on the Magic yet the line hasn’t moved from the -8. In all honesty, the spread should really be about Orlando -11 or -12, and it would still be a good bet. The Magic have only had a single night off after a three game road trip – but Chicago played in Miami Wednesday night. The three-headed monster of Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic is just playing too well right now to go against – especially when the Bulls counter with David Nwaba, Justin Holiday, and Paul Zipser.

Pick: Orlando Magic -8

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Carl Taylor

Every loss is a chance to learn a lesson. That being said, wins are so much more enjoyable. Follow along to tap into the wisdom I’ve learned from 20 years as a sports bettor.

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